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LEADING OFF

October Best

Epic series, unlikely heroes, unprotectable leads, shredded cuticles and history—lots of history: Welcome to the 2012 postseason

By Tom Verducci

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

ALABAMA

WHO CAN ROLL THE TIDE?

By Andy Staples

The Case for Florida

The points won't come easily, but the Gators' bruising identity is well suited to a Tide showdown

By Andy Staples

The Case for Notre Dame

Like the Gators, the Irish play the punishing defense necessary to stay with the defending champs—if they survive a punishing second-half schedule

By Andy Staples

The Case for Oregon

The Ducks, contrary to their reputation, have an underrated defense, and they have the playmakers who can get to the edge

By Stewart Mandel

The 'Bama Matrix

The Tide is the favorite to win it all; there can be no doubt about that. But what of the rest of the BCS labyrinth? Circumstances—remaining schedule, poll position—will dictate the road to Miami. So, too, will the quality of the contender. Who has the best mix of the two?

By Andy Staples

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Trials of The Honey Badger

By Thayer Evans

LANCE ARMSTRONG

A Massive Fraud Now More Fully Exposed

FOR YEARS, AS HE BECAME THE MOST DOMINANT CYCLIST IN HISTORY, LANCE ARMSTRONG VEHEMENTLY DENIED DOPING. HERE ARE SOME OF HIS MOST STRIDENT ASSERTIONS, ANNOTATED WITH THE NOW UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE THAT ARMSTRONG TOOK PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS, PRESSURED HIS TEAMMATES TO DO SO AND BULLIED ANYONE WHO OPPOSED HIM

By Alexander Wolff

PRO FOOTBALL

The Vikings' Punter Is A Troll Rogue Named Loate

CHRIS KLUWE HAS SEEN IT ALL IN MINNESOTA—THE LOVE BOAT SCANDAL, THE STARCAPS SAGA AND A 2012 SURGE—BUT THE NFL'S NERDIEST PLAYER REALLY GETS HIS KICKS BY BATTLING ORCS AND OGRES

By L. Jon Wertheim

BOOKS

Football's Greatest, From One to 10

By Steve Rushin

WILLIAMSPORT HIGH

Mourning Glory

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

This Tiger Is A Horse

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Let the Madness Begin

As college hoops practices get under way, we offer a primer for the 2012--13 season

By Luke Winn

Alex Karras 1935—2012

By Richard Hoffer

The Heart of the Game

A powerful new documentary follows the moves of an inner-city school's championship chess team

By Rebecca Shore

HOT | NOT

Mike Williams: Rebounder

By David Sabino

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Earnhardt Parks It After a Crash

By Lars Anderson

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick